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Parenting expense adjustment

Minnesota courts use the child support guidelines in the law to set child support amounts by considering the incomes of both parents and the number of children. The guidelines include a parenting expense adjustment that may reduce the basic child support to offset the costs of caring for the children during parenting time.

Courts use the parenting expense adjustment law to adjust the basic child support amount for parenting time expenses, based on the number of overnights parents have in their court order. Parenting time expenses include the costs of caring for a child, like food, transportation, and clothing, during parenting time. The parenting expense adjustment only affects parents with court-ordered parenting time.

The parenting expense adjustment:

  • Reduces conflict between parents over parenting time
  • Acknowledges that more parenting time means higher expenses for parents who pay support
  • Recognizes a child's need to have the "basics" in both homes

If you want more information, read the FAQ: Child Support Parenting Expense Adjustment Law document in the Department of Human Services eDocs library or click on the links below.

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